Sunday: Sheffield Steelers concede five at Coventry Blaze in fresh set-back
Sheffield Steelers' crippling lack of consistency struck again.
They went down 5-2 in their first visit of the season to Coventry Blaze; it was their fourth lossÂ in seven games.
The defeat at Paul Thompson's former club increases the gloom over Steelerland and chisels intoÂ confidence that the new look team is a coherent unit.
Blaze nabbed two goals in the final six minutes to run up the scoreboard.
Steelers had been 3-2 victors over Nottingham Panthers on Saturday, a game which attracted 7,342Â fans and they had been confident of their second consecutive road win.
With Jordan Owens and Robert Dowd out injured, Steelers had to look elsewhere for offence.
They found it after two minutes, when defenceman seized on a rebound from Tanner Eberle's shotÂ and made it 1-0.
Another d-man could have added to the tally, but Aaron Johnson's shot struck the post.
Danny Stewart's men, who had beaten Glasgow ClanÂ at the SkyDome the night before, were level though at 16;44 when Chris Joyaux's slapshot flashed through traffic and into Jackson Whistle's net.
Steelers were caught asleep 15 seconds into the middle period, Alex Nikiforuk at the back door toÂ tap in Blaze's go-ahead goal with disturbing ease.
It was the first time Paul Thompson's troops had been behind at the weekend and they had a shorthanded breakaway chance, but Stefan Della Rovere can't bury the puck.
But Eberle built on Saturday's first goal for the club with a 2-2 equaliser from Josh Pitt'sÂ rebound.
Double misfortune hit though: Justin Hache fired in off the post for Blaze and then on-form EberleÂ shot over the bar from a penalty shot.Â
The third session was illuminated by a Lake breakaway, after Ryan Martinelli lost the puck, but theÂ effort was stopped by Whistle.
Steeler Justin Buzzeo came close, too, his wrist shot pinging off the crossbar.Â But at 55:04 Blaze killed off the game with a fourth from Hansen, his second point of the evening.
A time out and a pulled goalie invited an empty net goal from Hansen.